Howdy FanReactor’s; each week we’ll take a look at some of the biggest, best (and sometimes worst) games of college football for the upcoming weekend. Have thoughts/feedback/disagreements, or just generally think we’re idiots? Get on FanReact and let us know! If you like what we write, my handle is BradT, and if you think it’s dumb, my handle is ChrisBuckner. Got it? Ok let’s check out the games:
The Main Event
#15 Ole Miss @ #2 Alabama – 8:15 PM CST – ESPN
This early season showdown could potentially have a big effect on the eventual standings in the
ridiculously competitive (6 out of 7 teams ranked in the top 25…thanks Arkansas) SEC West. Alabama
has dominated their first two games, out muscling the usually physical Wisconsin Badgers in Dallas and
controlling an overmatched Middle Tennessee in Week 2. The Tide have used their usual balance of
power running (led by 6-3, 243 pound
monster runningback Derek Henry), smart decisions from new 5th
year senior starter Jake Coker at quarterback and a dominant defense to start off 2-0, but a visit from
the Rebels will easily their biggest test of the young season.
Not much is known about Ole Miss at this point; the Rebels have beaten up on Tennessee Martin and
Fresno State, becoming the first team in SEC history to put up at least 73 points in consecutive games.
The Rebels win last year nearly vaulted them into the College Football Playoff hunt before they lost
three of their last five, can they repeat the feat in Tuscaloosa this year?
@ChrisBuckner’s pick – Ole Miss has more wide receivers than a Sarah Jessica Parker photo has horse references. That’s A LOT! Alabama’s front 7 is sick but if their defense has one weakness, it’s their secondary. On top of that, all of Ole Miss’ starting receivers are 6′ freaking 20″, ball-hawking freaks. While Alabama does have a machine in their back field with Henry ( I mean it, he’s a cyborg), Ole Miss has sick talent on both side of the ball (Nkemdiche is playing both ways, BTW) and I think they pull the upset. Ole Miss 35 – Alabama 31
@BradT’s pick – The Tide face their first real test of the season, but are too talented for the Rebels and pull away late. Derrick Henry appears in all 10 spots on the Sportscenter Top 10 after trucking Bo Wallace on the sideline, who graduated but is probably one of the most hated athletes in college football history according to research I made up. Alabama 31 – Ole Miss 17
#14 Georgia Tech @ #8 Notre Dame – 2:30 PM CST – NBC
Which Notre Dame will show up: the one that dominated Texas in Week One and continued the Horns’
spiral into offensive mediocrity? Or the one that nearly lost to a Virginia team that was last seen getting
picked apart by UCLA’s freshman QB sensation Josh Rosen in Week 1? The Irish have some of the worst
injury luck in college football, losing their starting RB and starting QB in consecutive weeks, so it’ll be up
to sophomore DeShone Kizer to lead the Irish against the Yellow Jackets defense.
As usual, Georgia Tech’s defense isn’t really the story, as Paul Johnson’s always entertaining (and
FanReact favorite) triple option offense is back for another year of flummoxing ACC defensive
coordinators. The Yellow Jackets’ usual ground dominance has continued in 2015, averaging a whopping
457 yards rushing per game and nearly 8.5 yards per carry. The Irish will need to get back to week 1
form if they hope to slow down Georgia Tech’s tricky triple option enough to give their sophomore QB a
chance in his first start.
@ChrisBuckner’s pick – It is no surprise, nor is it a secret, that my hatred for Notre Dame boils well beyond my blood. Georgia Tech’s run game is scarier than Chip Kelly’s rage face. 457 yards rushing per game is no joke. Couple that with the fact that the entire Norte Dame starting lineup is hurt somehow, and I see this going down as a bloodbath. Georgia Tech 42 – Notre Dame 24
@BradT’s pick – While I don’t share @ChrisBuckner’s extreme Notre Dame hate, I won’t be disappointed to see Georgia Tech channel my NCAA Football 2011 San Jose State triple option dynasty (which ran for roughly 600 yards a game) and run the Irish off of their home field.. Georgia Tech 34 – Notre Dame 14
The Surprise Entertainer
SMU @ #3 TCU – 7:00 PM CST – FSN
What happens when you mix a Chad Morris uptempo offense with a TCU defense hampered by so many
injuries that they’ve used 9 first time starters this season? Points, and lots of them. When we first saw
SMU this season they were matching Baylor blow for blow in the first half before eventually losing out to
the far superior Bears. Texas A&M transfer QB Matt Davis (who may be on the Van Wilder 8 year plan)
has adopted well to Morris’ system and his dual threat ability could give the depleted Horned Frogs
trouble. On the other side of the ball, TCU should have no trouble scoring against SMU, potentially
setting up a marathon game that might end sometime around 4PM Sunday.
@ChrisBuckner’s pick – While Chad Morris is awesome, TCU is just too powerful. I mean, it’s SMU for crying out loud. They have a tough time doing anything. This includes holding onto coaches, throwing the ball forward, not getting suspended by the NCAA, winning. Hell, they even have a hard time losing! TCU gets all their ducks in a row and destroys SMU. TCU 56 – SMU 13
@BradT’s pick – SMU puts up a fight in the Battle for the Iron Skillet (weirdest rivalry trophy in sports?), but TCU holds on. TCU 45 – SMU 41
The Honorable 11AM Big Ten Game of Shame
Pittsburgh @ Iowa – 7:00 PM – CST – Big Ten Network
Unless you like watching runningbacks run into the back of the offensive line for 3 hours we’d
recommend not tuning in for this one.
@ChrisBuckner’s pick – Hahahahahahahaha. I DON’T CARE!! Iowa 2 – Pitt 0
@BradT’s picks – This game sets an NCAA record for punts. Iowa 3 – Pitt 0